I don’t know why questions often seem to come in bunches, however, over the last week or two, I’ve been asked how to wipe a BlackBerry and restore it back to factory defaults at least half a dozen times. The process is pretty straight forward, but not something that many BlackBerry users do, so we’ve put together a little tutorial to walk you through it.
One of the appealing aspects of the BlackBerry is that it’s customizable to your needs. BlackBerry themes allow you to adjust the layout and appearance of the icons and applications on the screen. Each BlackBerry comes equipped with several themes. You can also download themes from the Internet for greater variety.
Step 1: Access the BlackBerry applications screen. An easy way to do this is by pressing the "Menu" button, which is the button to the immediate left of the trackball that has the BlackBerry logo imprinted on it.
Although the BlackBerry Storm is primarily used as a business-centric phone equipped with email handlers and a robust browser system, the BlackBerry Storm also has plenty of nonbusiness-related features including media player capabilities. Putting music on your BlackBerry Storm is very easy, and you’ll be able to listen to all your favorite tunes on your BlackBerry in no time.
Step 1: Connect your BlackBerry to your computer. Plug the small end of a standard mini-USB cord into your Storm, and then plug the large end into a standard USB port. After the BlackBerry is plugged in, a little message will pop up letting you know that the BlackBerry has been connected. If this is your first time connecting your phone to the computer, you may need to install some drivers by clicking on a few prompts.
Most users know that you can easily update your device software by downloading the OS to a PC and using the Application Loader. With some official OS updates, the option to use the Wireless Update will be under Options > Advanced Options > Wireless Update. When an update is available, a Wireless Update icon will also be pushed to your device homescreen alerting you of the upgrade, and you will be able to download and install the software over the air (OTA) to your device.
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It’s important to know when your battery is dying and when it is full on your BlackBerry. If you tend to use more applications and data on the phone than average, you may need to charge the phone more often. If you barely touch the phone, you may have to charge it less often. It’s always a good idea to have a wall charger, car charger and a USB/mini USB cable in your home, car or travel case just in case the phone needs to be charged in any situation.
Step 1: Press any key to take your BlackBerry out of standby mode.
Step 2: Enter your security password if you created one.
Step 3: View the battery icon on the homescreen.
Step 4: Determine if the battery needs to be charged. If the battery icon is full then the battery life is at its fullest. If it’s empty and glowing red, then it needs to be charged right away.
Tips & Warnings
Check your phone’s battery icon if you notice the LED on the phone is flashing red or amber.
Blackberry devices run on the Java Virtual Machine, or JVM, software platform. Occasionally the software will run into a glitch and stop running. These glitches are coded with a three digit number so that testers can figure out what caused the glitch. For users, the error codes almost always mean that the operating system will have to be reinstalled.
Reloading the software
Step 1: Download and install the latest version of Blackberry Desktop manager from either the Blackberry website or your carrier’s website.
Step 2: Download and install the latest software for the Pearl from your cellular carrier’s website.
Step 3: Connect your device to the computer using the cable that came with the Pearl. If your Pearl has a password you will be asked to enter it now.
Many die-hard BlackBerry smartphone fans cringe at the thought of someone buying a device and not using it to its full potential. It can seem overwhelming when first learning a new device and operating system, especially if using a smartphone for the first time. Fortunately, several online sources will guide you to getting the most out of your BlackBerry.
Step 1: Learn about your BlackBerry device. Download the user manual from BlackBerry.com, and visit the MyBlackBerry Community while there. Read the tutorials, blogs and forums on CrackBerry.com, or on the many other Web sites dedicated to BlackBerry smartphones. Before posting a thread, search the site to see if your question has been asked before.
Step 2: Add external memory. Most BlackBerry devices will hold microSD cards of 2 gigabytes and up. Because applications are stored to a BlackBerry’s internal memory, it’s wise to save media files, such as songs and photos, to external, removable memory.
A BlackBerry is a wireless mobile device created by the company Research in Motion. BlackBerry devices come in various styles and models, including the BlackBerry Curve and the BlackBerry Storm. These devices vary in their size, features and design, and they are supported by select cell phone service providers.
The most noticeable difference between the Curve and Storm lies in the keyboard feature and set up. The Curve offers the standard QWERTY keyboard, similar to those found on computers and typewriters. The Storm is a touchscreen phone with only four buttons on the device. The four buttons on the Storm, which can also be found on the Curve, are the "Call," "End Call," "Options" and "Return" keys. These keys are the most used on such devices.
Most phone carriers make various models exclusive to their network. As of spring 2010, the BlackBerry Storm series is only available through Verizon Wireless, a Code Division Multiple
There are a several different ways of watching TV on your BlackBerry, but many of them require paying for software, tedious downloading, and are not completely reliable. Viuvision is a mobile phone website that provides free and easy access to various TV programs from your BlackBerry, with only a few steps.
Step 1: Click on the icon that looks like the earth; it’s located on your BlackBerry’s desktop.
Step 2: Type "www.viuvision.com," into the BlackBerry’s browser.
Step 3: Agree to the terms, then click on the TV Icon that you wish to watch and wait about 30 seconds for it to load. The low-bandwidth options include "Cartoons," "C-Span," "BroBible" "Classic Movies," and "Classic Martial Arts." The medium bandwidth option offers a few more channels: "Medical" and "NASA."
Stop calling people from your pants! Pocket Dialing not only wastes energy and time, it also is just plain annoying! Stupid phone user!
To avoid these embarrassing accidents, simply press the silver key on the very top of your phone until you get the “Entering Standby Mode”.
The next time you need to do something, the phone will remind you about it’s standby state, then will instruct you to again press the silver mute key on top of the phone to exit standby mode.